Making it Lovely Turns Two

Today the blog is two years old!

To celebrate, I’ve freshened up the design a bit. Yes that’s right, I celebrated by creating work for myself. ;) Nothing drastic, but I’ve cleaned up the layout a bit, changed the proportions, and quieted the color scheme. This is the fifth design I’ve done for Making it Lovely.

Making it Lovely Redesigns

I still have some refining to do and a few bells and whistles to add, but the new look is nearly done. Let me know if you notice anything odd (I’ve been working on this very late at night while very sleepy). Oh, and I’ve added support for twitter avatars as well as gravatars, so if you have one or the other your picture should show up when you comment.

Thank you all for reading and commenting, for your friendship and support, and just for all around making my day!

66 Responses to “Making it Lovely Turns Two”

  1. Julie Anne January 11, 2009 at 2:42 am #

    And thanks for all of your hard work bringing us your blog!

    I stumbled upon you one night when I couldn’t sleep and was looking for storage ideas, and one link led me to another, which led me to you.

    Now, you are one of four web sites I must visit before I leave the house for the day (and the others include my two local major dailies and the New York Times.)

    Making it Lovely just makes me happy.

  2. lace&tea January 11, 2009 at 10:40 am #

    Wow, gorgeous.

  3. Keren @ ChicTip January 11, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    Congratulations !! 2 years old!! very impressive..
    And the site looks great!

  4. coral January 11, 2009 at 7:14 pm #

    Looks great!
    I just wanted to thank you for the time and effort you have put into your blog. Having these places I can come to everyday to keep myself fresh and inspired has really changed my outlook on design, and keeps me in the loop even when I live in a rural area. And all the more personal posts you put up here just make you seem more real, and your blog about more than just buying products and commercialism, but about creating a home.

  5. kristy January 11, 2009 at 8:09 pm #

    love it – very subtle and lovely!

    I do want to ask about the bag/purse featured in redesigns 3 and 4 – I LOVE it – and am curious if it might still be available somewhere. Can you give me more information?


  6. Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall January 11, 2009 at 8:58 pm #

    Congrats on the two years! Your blog looks great, and is as always, very inspiring!

  7. Making it Lovely January 12, 2009 at 12:06 am #

    OK, I’ve updated the photos in the sidebar so that they refresh each time the page is loaded, and now they link to the post they originally appeared in.

    Catherine, the owl is a vintage cookie jar.

    Tracy, I use Photoshop to create the boards.

    Re: the “hex tiles”… it’s funny that everyone sees them that way! They’re actually imperfect polka dots – the same ones I designed for the shop, just scaled down.

    Kristy, I helped my sister make that purse! Then she promptly “lost” it – I’m not sure how much she really liked it.

  8. Ami @ Elizabeth Anne Designs January 12, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    happy blogoversary!

  9. Shashi January 13, 2009 at 9:37 am #


  10. kandice January 13, 2009 at 3:16 pm #

    i like the new blog. its very light. aaaaaand i just requested to be your friend on myspace! yaaaay!!!!!!!! (hopefully i will be added, hahaha)

  11. {this is glamorous} January 13, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    Happy second blog birthday! The changes look fantastic.

  12. alivicwl January 15, 2009 at 1:32 am #

    I can see the polka dots now :)

    You must have put hex tiles on all our minds with your vintage bathroom post, Nicole!

  13. puglyfeet January 18, 2009 at 12:41 am #

    I’ve combed through Smart & Lovely — I’m taken by all your designs.. What software do you use to layout your page (ie. photoshop, illustrator… dreamweaver)?

  14. Kimora January 19, 2009 at 1:24 am #

    Nice layout…love it

  15. candace January 22, 2009 at 10:34 am #

    Nicole – Your site is LOVELY!!! A true inspiration. I am in the process of decorating our house. Its a fantastic house but it does not feel like home yet. Your home seems like a place i would never want to leave. Thank you for sharing and look forward to reading more.

    Many Blessings!!


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